Scouts

The Scouting group of the 433rd is dedicated to boys and girls aged 11-15. The focus is on:

  • Friendship
  • Teamwork
  • Identifying and achieving goals
  • Fun skills development that offers challenge and personal development, with a focus on the outdoors
  • Increasing awareness and sense of responsibility for one’s place in nature and society

A Scout’s Message

Some of you may ask what is the 433rd Scout life? Well, it’s kind of hard to explain, by I can tell you some of it. The meetings start busy. But as Scouter Roman calls the meeting to a start, the random mass of bodies assemble into the horseshoe. We break the flag (it’s the opening ceremony) and after that we break into patrols and give input. Then comes the game – some people think this is the best part of the meetings. As Kenneth once said about the games: “fun, fun, fun”. But Scouting isn’t just about the meetings. Meetings barely scratch the surface. Besides meetings, there are also camps, outings and trips. Camps are basically awesome. Last year, the 433rd went to the United States and boarded the USS Little Rock, a veteran battleship. We slept on it and goofed out. “The Sleeping arrangements were warm and cozy”, recalls a fellow scout. Outing trips also take place outside our church. These include the CN Tower trip last year. We saw a Marley game, slept in the trade center and got a tour of the Air Canada Center. Matthew put it best in an English accent: “It was quite awesome”. Overall, the 433rd Scouts is a great experience.

Alex, former Patrol Leader

The Principles of Scouting

These can be summed up by our various creeds:

The Scout Promise

“On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and the Queen,
To help other people at all times,
And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law”

The Scout Law

“A Scout is:
Helpful and trustworthy,
Kind and cheerful,
Considerate and clean,
And wise in the use of all resources”

Here we emphasize that Scouts are to be active members of the community, helpful and respectful to their elders, while being positive role models to younger friends and family. Good citizenship and community service are key components to many Scouting achievements.

The Scout Motto

“Be Prepared”

Much of the training and hands-on experience a Scout encounters is designed to prepare for any circumstances – from the mundane to an emergency. A Scout will learn to anticipate the unanticipated and to look after others when a need occurs.

The Scout Slogan

“Do a Good Turn Daily”

The Scout Handshake

We don’t have a secret handshake, but Scouts shake with the left hand as a sign of brotherhood and trust. Baden-Powell took the idea from an African story about two feuding tribes whose battles were destroying both communities. During one violent confrontation, one of the chiefs spotted the other and dropped his weapon to arpproach his counterpart. As he approached, he also dropped his shield that protected his heart from enemy spears. This freed his left hand to be held out to his rival as a sign of friendship and trust. The gesture brought together the tribes and helped to end the wars between them.